When I started this project, I wasn’t very good at Photoshop. Now, however, I believe that I am quite alright at it. I have had a lot of practice between my front page, contents page, and now my double page spread, and thus I believe that I have vastly improved. I have played around with Photoshop a lot, and have learnt about image manipulation, and even myself throughout the process. I learnt what I like, what I dislike, what skills I believe are more effective, and which tools in Photoshop, are overrated, or not good in my opinion. One of the most, if not the most important tools I have used is the eraser tool, specifically the magic eraser, which will delete any and all colours that are the same or similar to the one that you clicked. This makes getting the picture that you want without the unnecessary stuff a lot easier, allowing for me to get more done in a short amount of time.
As I am making a swing music magazine, I need to play with contrasts and shades more than actual colours. The burn tool allows me darken pictures, and is therefore very very useful. This is because my swing music magazine is in black and white, and so if I don’t want to reveal something, I can use the burn tool to do so. Or if I want the picture to convey a darker meaning, I will use it to do so.
Finally, I have used ‘grayscale’, to get that rich and warm black and white colouring of my magazine. The black and white is what really makes my magazine look authentic. I have had to learn how to use all of these effectively this year to really get the greatest images possible, and I believe that although there is still vast amounts to learn, I have definitely gotten better over the last few weeks and months. The grey scale makes the blacks richer, and the whites warmer, giving it a really authentic and retro feeling to the image. It is crucial to if I want a good looking 1950’s magazine, and is easier to do than having it in colours, but imitating being vintage.
This is the ‘Free Transform’, tool from In Design. This will effect the stars length, width, and position and is generally the easiest way to move the star around in both size, and position on the page, and the difference between a small star and a big star can make all of the difference. The bigger the star, the more that an audience can identify with them. Therefore, this tool is vital for having a good, quick and easy front page, and all of the other pages in fact!
This is a master screenshot, showing me in action actually editing the contents page. It shows me about to edit some of the text in ‘Main Contents’